Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

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    Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    New York Times
    March 13, 2020



    The racetrack has long been a proving ground for luxury carmakers, among them Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin, BMW and Bentley. Cadillac has aspired to be mentioned in the same breath as those automakers, but its success at the worldís most storied tracks has been limited.

    Four consecutive overall wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race since 2017 have changed that equation somewhat and earned Cadillac at least provisional membership in the elite class of racing luxury marques.

    Cadillac doesnít sell a sports car or even a grand touring coupe, but for the last 20 years the brand has focused considerable engineering and marketing efforts on its high-performance V-series automobiles, including the 550-horsepower CT6-V sports sedan. The brandís racing activity is part of that marketing program, but the V-series is in limbo after the discontinuation of the CT6-V in January. Prognosticators expect high-performance V versions of Cadillacís CT4 and CT5 to arrive soon.

    The most recent racetrack win came in late January at Daytona as the No. 10 Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac of Wayne Taylor Racing took the checkered flag after completing 833 laps, covering 2,965.48 miles, in the allotted 24 hours. It was a new mileage record for this major endurance-racing event and a great start to the season for Cadillac, which hopes to win the International Motor Sports Associationís Prototype Manufacturer Championship for the third time in four years.








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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Better keep ICE production going, I'm not convinced that all electric is going to be more than a niche ten years from now.
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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    The sound of that Chevrolet race V8 is music

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Will racing electric vehicles even be a thing? A track with silent vehicles doesn't seem very "racy"

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by bmwboy2007 View Post
    Will racing electric vehicles even be a thing? A track with silent vehicles doesn't seem very "racy"
    I will never watch an electric car race,

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by bmwboy2007 View Post
    Will racing electric vehicles even be a thing? A track with silent vehicles doesn't seem very "racy"
    Formula E is actually quite cool and fun to watch.



    It's still racing.

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    I will never watch an electric car race,
    Nobody cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Formula E is actually quite cool and fun to watch.

    It's still racing.


    I stumbled upon Marbula One racing a few weeks back and I'll admit that it was 100x more entertaining than I thought it would be. IMO much more entertaining than NASCAR.
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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    Formula E is actually quite cool and fun to watch.



    It's still racing.
    How long are the pit stops?
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    How long are the pit stops?
    It's kind of funky because they don't have pit stops. The drivers have to use two power modes during the race instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    It's kind of funky because they don't have pit stops. The drivers have to use two power modes during the race instead.
    Full power and then reduced? Or the other way around?
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    Full power and then reduced? Or the other way around?
    Imagine that, whine with a high pitch or whine less.. and going slowly in a race..

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Here's a new video of a CT5-V accelerating. Unless they come up with artificial acceleration and shifting sounds for an electric vehicle, I'll take this any day.

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    Full power and then reduced? Or the other way around?
    It's best to just look at the rules honestly. They have a ton of funky stuff because it is a feeder series so they experiment with it to see what works and doesn't. People complained that it's not racing because they have to conserve energy but so does Formula 1 since they banned refueling during the race so it's not really too crazy different.

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    Re: Cadillac Puts Its Engines Through the Paces on the Racetrack

    If the CT5-V isn’t a big sales success then there really is no justice. It sounds simply amazing, almost intoxicating, and the faux C Pillar window looks fine, due to the fact the designers put a lot of thought into it’s execution. The transition from the rear of the door glass to the gloss black plastic of the C Pillar is very smooth and slick.

    The overall shape of the CT5 is imo the best in it’s segment. It is such a striking looking vehicle, that I’m sure a lot people in the market for a sporty sedan will be drawn to Cadillac's showrooms. The pricing is certainly very competitive. They need some new TV ads showing the CT5-V under hard acceleration so the GP can hear how incredible it sounds.

    I hope that Cadillac doesn’t rest on it’s retired laurels, and has a few improvements for year two. GM has a nasty habit of coming out with great products, and then letting them wither on the vine.

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